BC Transit Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: August 24, 2020
 

Mandatory Face Covering Policy coming into effect August 24, 2020

BC Transit, in alignment with Translink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24.

COVID-19 Measures Implemented

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization on buses and at BC Transit facilities:
    • Daily cleaning of high touch areas on all buses
    • Weekly sanitization of buses
    • Daily sanitization of handyDART buses
  • A red line on floor at front of bus indicates passengers to stand behind
  • Additional personal protective equipment for handyDART transit operators
  • Communication to staff and customers to encourage behaviours that contribute to the safety of themselves, our operators and fellow passengers (both on board the bus and through channels that include website and social media).
  • Capacity management:
    • BC Transit will continue to reduce capacity on buses in an effort to create a comfortable transit experience
    • As a result, customers may experience pass ups
    • We encourage riders in communities with NextRide to check for capacity conditions in advance of boarding
  • We encourage riders in communities with NextRide to check for capacity conditions in advance of boarding
  • The use of face coverings will be encouraged on buses and at bus stops where physical distancing is not possible
  • Entering only at the front and exiting only at the rear door to get more one way flow, with the exception of mobility aids (effective June 1, 2020
  • Protective barriers for operators in the form of vinyl panels or full driver doors
  • Timeline for installation of full driver door protective barriers on buses will be accelerated

Please visit the BC Transit website for more information and updates on transit services at this time:

BC Transit COVID-19 Information

BC Transit Advisory
 

Where to Purchase Bus Passes and Tickets 

The Rexall Pharmacy in Comox and the Rexall Pharmacy in Courtenay are currently open to the public for purchases while many of the other outlets remain closed. If transit customers are unable to make it to either Rexall, they can call the CVRD main office at 250-334-6000 or the CVRD Sports Centre at 250-334-9622 between Monday and Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, to make a purchase over the phone with a credit card. The passes or tickets will then be mailed to the customer so please call 3-5 business days in advance of when the passes or tickets are required. In addition, bus riders can purchase a ticket or daypass onboard the bus with cash.

Health officials are recommending physical distancing as a response to COVID-19. Here’s how you can help:

  • Leave plenty of time for your transit journey to practice proper physical distancing
  • Stand behind the red line to give your driver space
  • Be courteous to your fellow riders
  • Move around the bus to an open space if available
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Practice proper hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm, and
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell

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